What are the CrossFit Games?

“In implementation, this looks like sport. This is revolutionary. It's as distinctive of the program as are the movements and the charter of functionality and variance. Our workouts are competitive events.

The strength and value of CrossFit lies entirely within our dominance of other athletes. This is a truth divined through competition, not debate.”

Greg Glassman, CrossFit Co-Founder & CEO
3, 2, 1 — GO!

The Games are over and the results are in!

The Top Female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness. Tanya Wagner took second place and Gillian Mounsey took third.

The Top Male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited in Milpitas, CA. Josh Everett came in second, with Jeremy Thiel in third.

The Affiliate Cup was won by the team from CrossFit Oakland.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the volunteers, spectators, and competitors for a great weekend!

The Results Are In!


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The Games are over, and results are in.

Top female CrossFitter for 2008 is Caity Matter of Gahanna, OH, where she trains with Rogue Fitness.

Second place: Tanya Wagner

Third Place: Gillian Mounsey

See the PDF for the rest of the results!


Top male CrossFitter for 2008 is Jason Khalipa of CrossFit Unlimited. In a stunning, come-from-behind victory in the staggered-start final heat, Jason quietly finished the reps and walked off the field victorious while all eyes were on the presumptive favorites.

Second place: Josh Everett of Mike's Gym

Third place: Jeremy Thiel of CrossFit Central

A stellar end to a wonderful weekend!

Check the PDF for the rest of the men's results.


And, last but not least, the affiliate cup. The affiliate cup was won by CrossFit Oakland. See the PDF for the rest of the results.


AND, a huge thanks to the team of volunteers who made it all run - you guys and gals were troopers!


Caity and Jason, congrats.
Ricky, Joe, and Libby way to represent cf omaha! we are so proud of you three! next year we will take the affiliate cup!

By hannah on July 6, 2008 4:34 PM

Wow! Nice come from behind. Hey Peter great job.

By Carl on July 6, 2008 4:35 PM


What a turn out!!!


Major props to all the competitors!!

Games was a total blast and that's from couples of thousands of kilometers away!!!

can't imagine the atmosphere on the site, looking at Jason walking away with the victory!!!

Long live crossfit!!

By Fredastere on July 6, 2008 4:36 PM

Congrats Jason!!! It was hella loud from where I was standing when you finished!!!

By Louise from CF Unlimited on July 6, 2008 4:40 PM

Wow, what a ridiculous upset! And way to go Pat Barber! I remember his interview with Jolie wherein he said he couldn't possibly compete with OPT...Congratulations everyone.

By Nick Barry on July 6, 2008 4:40 PM

Incredible! I can't wait for the video.

By Laramy on July 6, 2008 4:41 PM

Congrats Jason!!! It was hella loud from where I was standing when you finished!!!

Congrats to all the other competitors...you were all amazing to watch...thanks for providing me encouragement to continue to strive to be my best with Crossfit!!!

By Louise from CF Unlimited on July 6, 2008 4:41 PM

Congrats Jason!!!! It was hella loud from where I was standing when you finished!!!

Congrats to all the competitors out there this weekend, you are all an inspiration to me to continue to strive to be my best with Crossfit!!!

By Louise from CF Unlimited on July 6, 2008 4:43 PM

Ricky, Joe, Libby: You guys are awesome! I am proud to train with you!

I wish I could've been there to see so many inspiring athletes achieving excellence!

By Paul Audi on July 6, 2008 4:44 PM

Congrats to all the competitors, especially the ones from Nebraska! Well, I guess "Bionic" finally got "OPT"...either that or it was a tie.

By Anthony Springman on July 6, 2008 4:44 PM

Congradulations to Caity, Tanya and Gillian Ypu are great athletes. Love moma Mounsey

By sandy on July 6, 2008 4:49 PM

Congratulations Jason, crazy time on the CJ's.

Congrats Lucas, Rockford, IL transplant to Cali recently, excellent finish.

Anyone know Khalipas stats? ht/wt/age?

By dan on July 6, 2008 4:54 PM

Congratulations to you Mike G for breaking into the top 20!! and to you Ian for a superb effort in a daunting competition. I following your efforts.

By Rick R on July 6, 2008 4:58 PM

Congrats to everyone competing and to the winners.
I just checked the results & they definitely made a mistake on my time for the C & J. I was much slower than 6 minutes, probably closer to 12 minutes. I'm assuming they will double check everything.

By Rob Corson on July 6, 2008 4:58 PM

Congratulations to you Mike G for breaking into the top 20!! and to you Ian for a superb effort in a daunting competition. I following your efforts.

By Rick R on July 6, 2008 4:59 PM

Most impressive time from second page of results: Connor Banks finished the 30 C&J in just 4:14. Isn't he only 16?

Wellbourne did it in 4:28

By Shogun Sherpa on July 6, 2008 5:00 PM

Shogun Sherpa-
You're thinking of Connor Martin, who did the 30 C&J at the prescribed weight in 12:25 - an absolutely awesome performance. Connor Banks trains at CrossFit Oakland and won the CF Total in last year's games. He's all grown up.

By Sam L on July 6, 2008 5:05 PM

Thanks Sam, I confused them.

Jason must have trained really hard. According to this, he was 19% bf and 215 just six months ago:


By Shogun Sherpa on July 6, 2008 5:12 PM

What does NS mean because my time was 21:00 and they placed me 120th and I should have been 49th. Congrats to all of the competitors, this was an incredible weekend. Can't wait for next year.

By Lance Mosley on July 6, 2008 5:14 PM

Seeing Speal drop from first place to tenth reinforces my belief that athletes should be allowed to demonstrate work capacity on the WOD's by an alternate but equal combination of weight times reps (e.g., 30 reps @ 155 lbs = 40 reps @ 119 lbs).

Had Speal (and anyone else) been able to use 3/4 the weight and 4/3 the reps (40 reps) on the C&J, I think the outcome would have been significantly different; yet the work would have been unchanged.

3/4 of the weight would still have been about 90% of Speal's bodyweight, and forcing him to do 40 of the lighter weight rather than 30 reps of the heavier weight would certainly have put him on a more equal footing with bigger athletes.

By Hari on July 6, 2008 5:16 PM

Congratulations to Caity & Jason & all CrossFitters! Incredible work - love the unexpected turnout!

PHENOMENAL JOB JEREMY THIEL going in today in 11th place and in the final moments taking 3rd place overall! All Heart and Soul! ;)

By Nicole on July 6, 2008 5:22 PM

Hari, that would be fair if Josh and Jason only had to run 500m because theyre 1/3 heavier.

By dan on July 6, 2008 5:22 PM

Sorry, but I disagree with the last comment. Being 6'5'' and 275lbs, pull ups are way harder for me than someone like Speal. He is one hell of an athlete. If we're gonna let them (the smaller guys) do more reps at less weight, then the bigger guys should be able to do less reps for something like pull ups because we are bigger. I don't believe that that is how it should be. I'm proud to be a part of something like CrossFit. I think the way it was run was exactly right.

By mike on July 6, 2008 5:24 PM

Hari, that would be fair if Josh and Jason only had to run 500m because theyre 1/3 heavier or only do 7 burpees/round. The games were very fair with advantages and disadvantages for everyone but fewer disadvantages for the winner.

By dan on July 6, 2008 5:30 PM

Caity, your a monster! You tore it up girl! I've said it before, you Rogue people run a tough crew! Congrats to all who placed and to all of those not yet mentioned who I watched pouring their hearts into their workouts. I had the privelege of getting to run stats for the race and I could see the whole place from up there! What an inspiration watching you all! And what about a shout out for that young girl (age 14? 15?) who blasted those clean and jerks and there was a young guy too (15?)with such good form and a lot of heart. Way to go you guys! Way to go!

By Gloria Jean on July 6, 2008 5:34 PM

Omar, Lance and Adriana, Great Job! You've made everyone at CF Hardcore proud...

By Wally on July 6, 2008 5:36 PM

what is the "Q" column and what do A,X mean. I'm guessing that X means scaled. NS=no show,dnf=did not finish????

Great work to all the athletes and congratulations to the winners.
I must say that judging my the many people that dnf the thruster workout that the chest to bar threw people off. I think if you stand beside the bar it's pretty easy to tell if someone's chin is over so not sure why they implemented the "standard" Was it because of the "AFT/butterfly kip"?

By Trevor on July 6, 2008 5:38 PM

Mens places 118th and 119th are messed up on the sheet - their times are reported as hours:minutes, not minutes:seconds

By Ron on July 6, 2008 5:44 PM

The last heat was amazing! To see Speil start 1:30 in front and have Jason start 8th to come from behind was inspiring. We felt Jason had a great shot at winning the games but it was the competition that brought the best out of him! Maybe in the future there will be weight classes but for now let's all appreciate the efforts of Caity and Jason and everyone else that competed this weekend. You Rock!


By Rudi on July 6, 2008 5:44 PM

Congratulations all, Still speal impressed me, 275 deadlifts, 2X! his body weight! and finished if not the fastest time one of the top 5 times, freaking incredible. What a beast.

By Andres on July 6, 2008 5:50 PM


If you adjust the loads to equalize the work then you also have to adjust the pull-up reps. If you do that then the heavier guys would have to do far fewer pull-ups. For that matter, the bigger guys have to move their mass close to 3 feet in a squat so why don't we adjust for that? I suspect that simple is better. Look what a mess we have made of the tax code in the name of fairness.

By epicurious on July 6, 2008 5:50 PM

Hey Jenni, in case you see this, we've been watching! Awesome job!

By Laura on July 6, 2008 6:06 PM

I am tired of reading comments complaining about how the games weren't "fair" and how the workouts should have been scaled to suit the lighter/heavier guys. Fitness is being fit to any task. Smaller guys are less fit for heavy deadlifts, and bigger guys are less fit for pullups. Crossfit exposes these weaknesses and those that are able to overcome win the games, and those that aren't as fit to the tasks required of them don't. It is fairest not to be fair. Not everyone gets taken out for ice cream whether they win or lose.

By Chachi on July 6, 2008 6:25 PM

i think everyone is making great points about the variation in mechanical work output depending on an athlete's height and body weight. determining the results by calculating mechanical work would ruin the sport of the games, and i don't think it would be possible to choose combination of events that would level the playing field for all different body types.

i would argue that the only simple way to truly level the playing field is to have height/weight classes. you could have 3 weight classes under 6' and 3 weight classes over 6'. im not sure how you determine an overall champion.

By derek on July 6, 2008 6:39 PM

Nah, you don't need height/weight classes for the games because it's all about being the most fit athlete. Really all that was needed is a little bit of balance towards endurance/cardio fitness. There was a heavy tilt towards pure strength in these games.

It's all for fun anyway, so it doesn't really matter how they run the games as long as everyone had a good time. Still, if I had to pick the ideal athlete for the women, it would be a larger, more muscular build on a tall girl as opposed to a lighter, leaner build on a smaller frame. For the men, it would be a 6'0"+ 180lbs+ beast. 5'7", lean and fast wouldn't be ideal.

By RJM on July 6, 2008 6:46 PM

Any ideas what Speal was playing in those headphones that makes him so good??

Congrats to all the athletes, especially Jason and Caity...those are some awesome times. I may be biased, but I'm still impressed by Speal the most.

By Shane S on July 6, 2008 6:48 PM

Austin tried to warn everyone about Khalipa.... Great athlete and a great guy! Nicely done Unlimited!

By lara One World on July 6, 2008 6:49 PM

Does anyone know Khalipa's background? Did he come to Crossfit as an Oly lifter, or did he just get beast doing that from Crossfit?

By Emily on July 6, 2008 6:59 PM

Jason's C&J time was crazy fast. Wow. He smoked through Sunday's WOD.

By Wade Smith 47_m_178 on July 6, 2008 6:59 PM

congratulations to all the participants! i can only aspire to last place.

ssssssomebody please tell me what NS stands for!

By john heins on July 6, 2008 7:02 PM

Both sides of the argument regarding the “fairness” of the events relative to the size of the competitors are valid; there is no objectively correct answer.

I wish I knew height/weight of the CF Games Competitor, so I could compare my much slower time to competitors that are closer to my size.

I think if a smaller competitor won the games, critics would contend that CF favors that body type; it was important to have a WOD that was based truly on the brute strength needed to pick up a heavy weight and hoist it overhead.

Nothing against Speil; I’m his size and am in awe of his ability.

By tim p_az on July 6, 2008 7:22 PM


It's on youtube - check it out!!!

He was pulling the weight like it was nothing...unbelievable.

By Ron on July 6, 2008 7:27 PM

Just wanted to say way to go to everyone who competed,and a big Texas "HOWDY" to Tucker!!! We'll see you back at the gym next week!

By Sara C on July 6, 2008 7:28 PM

Jason rocked the house!

For those that think the last event was unfair due to size, check the times of the top athletes throughout all three events. Jason had to of been the biggest guy in the top 10 (205# @ 5'9"). For a guy his size to keep himself in the running through the first three events, there really is no argument that he is the King of Crossfit right now.

The final was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever seen. Thank you to Jason and Caity for putting on such a great show.

I have never been more proud to say I am a part of Crossfit.

By freddy c._one world on July 6, 2008 7:29 PM

I agree with those commenting that there was a lean towards brute strength in these games.

I don't think that 30 C&J at 155lbs should have been the final wod.

Speal deserves the gold, no doubt.

How much does khalipa weigh? 155 for him probably feels like a toy

By adaa on July 6, 2008 7:29 PM

F-ing awesome event. Nuff said!

By Anthony Bainbridge - CrossFit Fredericton on July 6, 2008 7:31 PM

Jason was a high school athlete and a musclehead at heart. Austin had quite a time convincing Jason to get with Cfit. We opened our Cfit section of our gym in Feb so he has been at it for really only 6 months. Its a testament of Austin's good coaching and Jason's great genetics and hardwork! It is inspiring to see athletes of all sizes compete in the same event using the same weights (Speal is amazing). It was even more inspiring to see come from behind victory from someone no one was paying attention to! Congrats to all the Unlimted athletes that challenged themselves this weekend, but yeah Ninjas are just good at Crossfit!

By Rudi on July 6, 2008 7:37 PM

I have to say, I think that I think the 155lb clean and jerk "event" was a bad choice for the games.

My reasoning? Well, the games is a test of who is the best Crossfitter. Well what is Crossfit? For me, being good at Crossfit means doing the day by day wods posted on the official Crossfit site.

I think the two heavy lifting wods that appeared in the games, don't reflect the last year of wod's posted on the main site. Especially the 155lb c&j.

It might be reasonable to expect Grace, given that it's a standard benchmark wod that has appeared over the last year. Thus any Crossfitter who follows the wods would have done it and consider it a possibility for a hopper. But I don't think throwing in a much heavier Grace is fair on people like speal, who by their own admission, train by going by the wods on the main site.

To throw up an exaggerated example, it would be like a 10km run not showing up in the wods for a year and then asking the games athletes to do one.

It also might be reasonable to expect something longer than a 750m run. We run a decent amount of 5ks and 10ks and so one expects a Crossfitter to be able to do that. Isn't part of being a Crossfitter having a longer term aerobic capacity too?

I think the biggest indicator of what an effect this wod had on the games result is this:

Speal (135lbs) was only 8 seconds slower on the 275lb deadlift wod, than the guy that got the fastest time on that wod. Speal then won the fran and running wods.

However, Speal was a total 5mins slower on the 155 C&j wod than the guy that ended up winning the games.

Indeed, if you look at all the times for the C&J wod, they are on average a good few minutes slower than all three other wods. Basically showing that the games results were affected more by this wod, than by the others.

ie: The games results hinged more on Oly technique/brute stregth, than overall work capacity.

By sam on July 6, 2008 7:47 PM

"Speal deserves the gold, no doubt."

Luv the whiners chiming in because their favorite didn't win. Gold? Really? Do they give gold for tenth place? (No rip on Speal, he's a monster.) That's the beauty of competition, you find out who really is the best. Truth always outs.

By Matt on July 6, 2008 7:51 PM

Great games it was worth the money to fly out and be here. Everybodies needs to go crossfit mecca. One of the most inspring thing i saw was Kallista Pappas this girl is amazing and she brought down house in the final. And i believe she is 15. Way to go evevyone.

Way to go Jenni Orr surpassing your goal and Christina way to finish it out great job

By kevin s on July 6, 2008 7:52 PM

GREAT JOB CrossFit HQ staff and volunteers for running an awesome event without hiccups. Congrats to Caity. I guess that Khalipa guy did alright too.

By Austin@Unlimited on July 6, 2008 8:00 PM

Matt: Obviously they don't give gold to tenth place. I was saying speal should have won. Read the post above yours. It explains the reasoning quite well.

By adaa on July 6, 2008 8:00 PM

I have to go there next year. Actually we all have to go there next year. That was amazing(thanks Ron for posting the youtube video)! What a proud day for the community. Start saving money now.

By Adam/TempleOwl on July 6, 2008 8:12 PM

I am still of the opinion that the games were more of a test of stamina -- given good foundations in everything else -- than in total fitness.

I also think the biggest disadvantage was for taller athletes, rather than light/heavy athletes. Compare the weights of the top 20 finishers (I'm basing this just on the few pictures) to the weights of professionals in any popular contact sport -- hockey, rugby, lacrosse, football, open weight class MMA, etc -- and I think the top guys much lighter on average. I think it's therefore hard to make the case that the event really favors the heavier competitors.

Three of the four events, however, seemed to strongly favor the shorter athletes, though. They got better leverage and had to move the weights a shorter ROM -- and by nature of being shorter, they were lighter, without losing any muscle. I think some of the CrossFit events should be more like "strongman style" metcons like the Atlas Stones, but with more cardio. Trade the Deadlift event in for that and I think it's a much more fair competition.

Also -- to the remark about "Unfair is fair: you should be ready for anything" ... can we agree that if the entire comp involved shotput, discus and hammer throw, it would not live up to the standards of CrossFit?

Anyway, I guess I'm nit picking a lot and being overly theoretical. The fact is that we had 300(?) or so athletes that absolutely ripped through these weights at blazing speeds. Congratulations for putting on a show guys.

By Justin McCallon on July 6, 2008 8:12 PM

Just saw the video of Jason on youtube. He was doing 155 pound thruster singles instead of clean and jerks. Thrusters and definitely faster than clean and jerks.

By Alfie on July 6, 2008 8:19 PM

I don't think anyone is doubting speal's athleticism, he certainly has proved himself throughout videos, and the first day of competition.
However, this competition came down to the lowest total time, and Khalipa came out on top. End of story.

Will people always talk about how speal flew through the first day of competition? Yes. Will people say that many competitors were at a disadvantage with the heavier weights? Yes.
But like any other competition, there is always some dispute over the format, judging, athletes, etc. Whether its surfing, skiing, weightlifting, soccer, swimming, or Crossfit.

Arguing isn't going to get anyone anywhere.

What should everyone do?
Start preparing for 2009.

By Dylan on July 6, 2008 8:34 PM

LMFAO @ giving the gold to 10th place.

adaa, what are you smoking?

By Joe on July 6, 2008 8:38 PM

Sam if jason did that with 155, what would he do with 135? I personally don't think coach cares how tall/short heavy/light one is he just cares about fitness.

it's my opinion that the smaller guys had a clear advantage in thrusters (short distance moved), pull-ups, burpees and run. That leaves us with CJ and Deadlift (which was combined with burpees) Had the final event been a 5k run you'd be happy, had it been a 5k row you'd be upset.

Finally following the main site WOD there is a pretty good portion devoted to max effort days in OLY lifts as well as slow lifts. Basically you won't find a single exercise that grasps functional movement and power output than the CJ. Personally I think Grace should be the NFL combine test rather than bench press.

By dan on July 6, 2008 8:39 PM

was everyone allowed to do thrusters instead of clean and jerk? or is that how he did it so much faster?

By mark on July 6, 2008 9:07 PM

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers. The individuals who counted my reps for me made my time at the crossfit games. I had such a good time no matter who won (obviously it wasnt me :)) but the volunteers were just as amazing as the competitors. Thanks to all the fans!!!

By Rebecca on July 6, 2008 9:18 PM

I don't think there will be a WOD posted tomorrow, I have a feeling that everyone in Aromas is heavily intoxicated right now and will need video proof that the games actually happened when they wake up at around 1pm.(:

By Adam/TempleOwl on July 6, 2008 9:19 PM

Just saw the video of Jason.
He is a stud, but those were thrusters.

By JDR3 on July 6, 2008 9:31 PM

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL athletes that competed in this weekend's events. It takes a special person, not to mention fit, to conduct and finish these types of workouts. There are no favorites in this sport. It's all about balance.
Great Job!

To Ricky, Joe and Libby of Crossfit Omaha...great performance this weekend. All of you are a great example of the Crossfit name and are wonderful coaches.

Great Job!

By CF Omaha - BGH on July 6, 2008 9:33 PM

Congrats to the individual champs, and to Crossfit Oakland, winners of the Affiliate Cup!

By Joe P on July 6, 2008 9:39 PM

The standards were set the night before for competitors. C&J were judged soley on ROM. You cuold straight leg DL, reverse curl, front squat, shoulder press if you wanted(woulda been quite a sight, huh?). The only thing that mattered was that you started with the weight on the ground, depth(hip crease below patella), and full extension of body and arms with weight overhead. All athletes knew these standards and some chose to clean and thruster if they were strong enough. I saw some athletes clean and thruster the first 5 or so then go to the jerk when they lost strength.

By Austin@Unlimited on July 6, 2008 9:39 PM

The rules should have specified that the barbell come to a rest at the top of the squat in the front rack position.

I don't think Jason ever racks the barbell which is usually part of the clean. In the youtube video, everyone else appears to rack the barbell, then jerk.

By Cynthia on July 6, 2008 9:42 PM

Looks like Jason took advantage of the sloppy description and cut a lot of time off his clean and jerks. All the competitors could have done the same thing if they were smart enough.

By Joe on July 6, 2008 9:53 PM

The website says that the CF Games standards for Sunday's WOD is as follows:

"The finish position is with ... at least a portion of the ear visible in front of the arm".

I have seen Coach Burgener's vids regarding the jerk and he seems to teach the same.

The problem with thrusters/dropping the bar on the ground is that it seems to be hard to finish with at least a portion of the ear visible in front of the arm.

I didn't compete at the games and I would have been crushed had I done so - Congratulations to all who participated.

I am a humble CFer just adding to the conversation.

By tim p_az on July 6, 2008 10:02 PM

congrats to all the competitors! jason you're a badass, your victory was stunning man... you came from out of nowhere. amazing. everyone was humble, down to earth, what a great community!

By Travis Cassidy on July 6, 2008 10:10 PM

Huge Thanks to all the volunteers! You guys kept things running like a well oiled machine!

Re: the Clean to Thruster

Austin is correct. All athletes were aware of the standards required and MANY incorporated the clean and thruster. Nobody beat Jason. Not even close. It was not a question of technique employed.

By Adrian Bozman on July 6, 2008 10:21 PM

Photos are posted online!


Please join the flickr group and upload your photos of the 2008 Crossfit games at http://www.flickr.com/groups/crossfitgames2008/

By Dan R on July 6, 2008 10:43 PM

To everyone complaining about Brute Strength dominating the games, I was hopping that sour grapes wouldn't taint the comments, but I suppose you can't please everyone. ALthough I understand some concerns, the fact remains that this competition was judged on total time of all the events. And Jason was more impressive over others today in the "brute strength" workouts, than others were impressive over him in the met-con workouts. Thereby well deserving the win.
Just like all the debates I hear after a sporting event about all the woulda coulda shouldas. But I say it always comes down to this..." Withing the scope of the rulebook, who scored the most points?" Sometimes a team wins the superbowl that wasn't favored, but it doesn't mean that they're not legitimately that year's champions. Say what you will about Jason K., but the fact of the matter is he is legitimately this year's champion. WELL DESERVED.

By Will B. OneWorld on July 6, 2008 10:44 PM

Joe, the description wasn't sloppy (I was there)...It was very clear and everyone present knew exactly what was prescribed. Many of the competitors, including Dutch and other fire breathers, used the same tech Jason did. He was faster and more powerful. I was pulling for Josh but it's Jason's this year.

By Nick on July 6, 2008 11:15 PM

People complaining about the thrusters of Jason K - Josh E., Jason Wellbourne, Max Mormont, and anyone else who was strong enough did the same thing. You think you can do 30 x 155 lb thrusters, go ahead and get started and let me know how your time is. Jason didn't "outsmart" anyone - I tried a slight variation of the same thing - and I paid the price around rep 14.

What he did was amazing. Also, those who think it favored this or that body type or weight or height - look at the body types of the top 10 finishers for both men and women - completely varied across the board.

Nope, this was as fair as it's gonna get. I picked Speal and wanted him to win, but he knew that the advantages he had on burpess and running (as two examples), might get trumped by something "large" on day 2. John Wellbourne had a HUGE size/strength advantage, yet he had to pay the price on the run and burpees. Interestingly, he was very good on the pullups for such a big man.

The CF Games, like the CF WoDs, tested your strengths and weaknesses, your ability to plan and then execute a workout, and your willingness to simply fight the suck. Sound familiar? And like the WoDs, it is ever-changing and not the final word. Next year may be something very, very different, but it will be as fair as possible and there is no question it will hurt.

By Dale Saran on July 6, 2008 11:49 PM

Caity and Jason, congrats.
Ricky, Joe, and Libby way to represent cf omaha! we are so proud of you three! next year we will take the affiliate cup!

By hannah on July 7, 2008 4:53 AM

Well put as always, Dale and good showing out there. You going from 10th to 50-something is a testament to how fast CF and the games have grown in such a short time (or to the difficulties of maintaining fitness when first opening your own box ;). Those are some amazing performances. Funny how many complaints Saturday about how the competition was biased toward the small guy versus now, after a single event (much like the Total last year) took even a freakishly strong and fit small guy like Speal out of the top 3. Maybe it's something about the internet that habituates us into arguing, but that quick change in what the complaints of fairness looks like tells me that the composition of the tests and the randomness of the hopper provide a fine method for determining top Crossfitter for the year and also provide an incentive to prepare for anything next year, when a different aspect of fitness may be the difference maker.

By PatrickH on July 7, 2008 5:55 AM

"The rules should have specified that the barbell come to a rest at the top of the squat in the front rack position."

Why? This is not the olympics.

Also, LOL on one of the youtube comments.. "whoever is shouting "go Jason go" a million times during this three minute clip I have to say is probably the most annoying person EVER!"

It's probably his mother :)

"What makes it the best is that we won't have to hear about 2 minute Fran times for a for a while because everyone's world apparently was turned upside because they had to touch chest to bar."

LOL again!

By James F on July 7, 2008 6:03 AM

Caity, Eric and J. you're awesome! All three of you are amazing athletes and role models. Thank you to Bill and Troy for being such amazing trainers. I am so proud to be associated with Rogue fitness! Congratulations!

By Heather H. on July 7, 2008 6:42 AM

I'm 100% with Will B. about all the shoulda-coulda-woulda's... there will always be speculation. But I prefer to listen to those that were there and obviously know what's what (like Boz & Freddy) and those who left their sweat on the field (like Dale).

If these guys say it was fair, then I'm content, from my armchair, to agree with them.

Huge congrats to all the competitors and the champions - hat's off to you all. You rock.

By Adam K - CrossFit Podunk on July 7, 2008 6:59 AM

I would have loved to have been there and seen teenagers Kallista Pappas and Connor Martin clean & jerk bodyweight 30x.

By Lincoln on July 7, 2008 7:09 AM

congratulations to EVERY SINGLE ATHLETE who participated. i'm still a beginner and from what i could tell, the WODs at the games were brutal. try 30 C+J in the sun, heat, on the dirt with rocks and of course, major fatigue from the previous day's WODs.

i am so proud to be a part of the crossfit FAMILY. i agree that there are those who are a little butt-hurt from their faves not "winning". i guess i just figured all the athletes would be equally celebrated as we are a family, working toward one goal...fitness.

the staff was amazing. it appeared that the heats ran rather efficiently and the venue was just smooth. everything from registration to the food vendors.

thanks, coach! thanks to all the amazing competitors and even the spectators from all over. you all have given me more motivation than before. knowing how far i've already become and showing me a standard of where i can possibly go...

I wanna see pics of Caity Matter!

By Gloria Jean Stanger on July 7, 2008 7:52 AM

p.s. let me tell you, for all of those who have "issues" with BW, height....etc...about classifications in the future and how it was easier for speal to do this and for whom ever to do that...

what about school boy (16) who blasted the 30 C+J as rx'd...and Kallista Pappas (14) who also did it as rx'd.....

By sakura on July 7, 2008 7:54 AM

A Big well done to all the Crossfit games competitors - You are all WINNERS as far as we're concerned at Crossfit Scotland.

A special well done to Chris Kemp (Kempie)(73rd) and to the incredible Julie
Cleghorn (Little Redhead)(24th). All of Scotland and the UK are proud of you.

Congrats to my pals from the Santa Cruz certs (Nov 2007) Brendan Gillian and Pat Barber.

And finally a massive welldone to the oldest swinger in town ( or oldest till I get there) Freddy Camacho (23rd).

Have a good one


PS any chance of a O/50's catagory

By Neilfit on July 7, 2008 7:57 AM

Congrats to all competitors! I was a judge/timer at the event this weekend and it was a great honor to be a part of it all. Thanks to Coach G for creating this CrossFit movement and to the organizing staff for pulling off an AMAZING event.
There were many great moments this weekend, but none better than while I was timing Calista on the C&J. Simply one of the most inspiring moments of my life. After jerking her 15th rep, she fell backwards and I couldn't catch it in time and the bar fell on her legs. Visibly hurt, she got up, dug in and finished like a true champion. I had tears in my eyes the last 10 reps and could barely count. THAT it what Crossfit is about! HEART!
Thank you Calista for reminding me to NEVER GIVE UP!!!!

By Kevin Suttmoeller on July 7, 2008 8:17 AM

Does anyone know the name/artist of that awesome Boston 'More than a Feelin'' remix they had playing on Day 1?

By Lauren on July 7, 2008 8:44 AM

I'd like to request athlete participant's ages be listed on the spreadsheet.

I know there are some 40+ guys representing in the games; would love to know who they are and how they did.

Props to all.

By Wade Smith 47_m_178 on July 7, 2008 8:58 AM

Lance, Im in the same boat with you , they have me at 119th place with an 8 hour c&j and my time on c&j was 5:38, so I dont know what thats all about.

Just want to say that I had a great time, the final was awesome, I liked how they staggered it. Khalipa is a beast no doubt, that was an amazing time on c&j

By Braden Lutz on July 7, 2008 9:24 AM

Congratulations to all who competed. I'm really impressed with what happened and I'm sure the stories of 'heart' and 'determination' are even more impressive than the numbers show.

I've been Crossfitting for a few months now, and I will say that I wasn't too impressed with the format for this years games. My guess is that it will continue to grow and evolve with time.

My biggest concern is that if Speal had been able to win this years games then I doubt I would consider him 'Crossfit'...in fact...he might be pretty un-healthy. ie...if Speal were able to cut 4 minutes off his 155# C&J time...I doubt I would consider his level of fitness something I would want to aspire to. My guess is, if his frame was even capable of it, he would look like a pretty ridiculous 'meat head'.

After two days of competition...total work out time was around 15 minutes...again...not sure that's a healthy overall 'crossfit' goal for me. I would have loved to see one of the 'max rounds in 20 minute' workouts. I think that adds a unique dimension.

Overall, I'm really impressed with Jason's fitness...but I'm still more impressed with what Speal has done with his body and level of fitness. I can see how Jason could get his frame to push though Saturday and stay within shot of the top. But I can't imagine what 30x155# C&J's must have felt like for Speal...

I saw some incredibly strong guys in this comp...I hope that Crossfit makes me stronger. However, I don't have a huge frame...and I hope that Crossfit doesn't make me into a 'meat head'...that's not why I got into it...

By Woody on July 7, 2008 9:53 AM

What an interesting conversation about fairness, sour grapes, tall v. short, etc., etc. My 1 1/2 cents:

I was a competitive swimmer for 14 years, and spent 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week going back & forth & back & forth again in a swimming pool. I was OK at it too - all-american, qualified for the trials, etc. Then I quit athletics almost entirely, totally sick of the whole thing.

20 years go by. I walk into a Crossfit gym. And here was something awesome: really hard training with very competitive people that is hugely FUN. To me, that's what makes Crossfit the bomb. It's completely different from my competitive swimming days, when I would dread going to practice, but would go every day because I was so damned competitive and wanted to win. I go to crossfit because I'm so damned competitive and it's really really fun.

These are the Crossfit GAMES. Mixing it up the way they did was perfect for the people who were competing for the sheer *joy* of competing. When they announced the chest-to-bar standard, or the extra heavy C&J's, I'm sure some of the competitors thought, "oh crap, that's not fair." Other people thought, "oh crap, that's really not what I expected - how fun."

I hope the Games will inspire more of the latter group to bump up their game. Everyone else can go do something else with their whiny selves.

By Rocky Road on July 7, 2008 10:56 AM

Wellaye Coach Kempie! Representing Crossfit North East, walking the walk big time big lad! Great times on the board. Looking forward to hearing about it from you in person.

By lee hill on July 7, 2008 11:51 AM

Thanks to the organizers and the entire Castro family for having all of us over for the weekend, great job! See ya next year.

Lots of run pictures, more Sunday pictures later today or tomorrow.




By saulj on July 7, 2008 12:18 PM

If you guys are complaining about the work load of only being 15 minutes then why werent you there at the games! My legs and shoulders are pretty damn shot from just that "little" bit of work. Granted my total time was over 20 minutes. If you werent there to compete or there to even spectate and see what some of us competitors had to endure through these 2 days then SHUTUP! Seriously!

Dont try and take away anything from anyone! I seen a girl literally pull a palm full of skin off from her hand, throw it on the ground, reach for chalk, pack her hand with it, and jumped back on the bar. Watched a 118lb girl deadlift her max deadlift 5 times for 5 rounds within the time limit. Plus watching all of the animals tear through the wods was amazing! Everyone did an amazing job and everyone placed exactly how they shouldve!

Great job to the crew who put this years games together and to the judges. Thanks for keeping everyone legit... most of the time =) hahaha

By miguel on July 7, 2008 3:38 PM

I think the games were great. I was checking back on the site every couple of hours for updates.

Reading all the opinions on the tall/short, light/heavy advantages and the workouts that favor each made me think.

Crossfit's stated goal is to increase capacity across broad modal and time domains. This is very broad and ambitions and crossfit accomplishes this goal this very well. On the other hand, I think this definition dooms the games to be somewhat subjective. Yes, we can try to measure broad modal and time domains. We can do some bodyweight, some metcon, some brute force. That seems kinda fair, right? But how much of each?

These games seem time domain weighted to the brute force. Look at the time difference on the C&J for the top competitors. It is huge. If there had been a 10k or 'Murph' the results would have been skewed a completely different way. The time differential among the top competitors was much smaller for the other 'small man' workouts.

Conclusion: The workouts were a well balanced test of different modal domains but the time domain was skewed towards brute strength. In order to have a more balanced test, the C&J should have had fewer reps or the other workouts should have been longer (easy to say for someone who is not competing, I know).

All that said, I think these were great games. This is only the second one and maybe there is some room for 'balancing' refinements for future game in the modal/time domain area. I'm not saying I would have come up with a better set of workouts. It is always easier to critique than create.

I think it would be difficult to know in advance what kinds of spread you can expect with each modal/time challenge with out some methodical advanced testing with a couple of top performers from each of the body type categories.


By Kaleb on July 7, 2008 4:22 PM

Kaleb --
It seems like Coach wanted to measure strength in the metcons this year rather than something like a CFT. I guess you picked up the possible problem: there is a very fine line between "just light enough to handle it and be limited just by stamina" and "too damn heavy!"

For example, take someone with a 500 lb deadlift and think about the deadlift event. The 275 is really light for them, they can go through it no problem. 315 no problem. 355, fine. 380 is probably reasonable -- with excellent cardio, they might be able to still be sub-3. But then 425 is absolutely not possible for them -- they're looking at 6-7+ minutes with the same cardio ability. So, with a ~10% increase in weight, they're looking at probably a 100%+ increase in time.

This works the other way, too, though. If a powerlifter came in and really worked on his cardio, he might have a 750lb deadlift, but he might not get any credit, the entire way through the games, for his excess strength, vs the 500lb deadlifter.

This is why I like the idea of a CFT, granted you probably need to even it out and also have a true endurance event then (neither of which are as exciting as the metcons I suppose).

My other beef is that I think one of the metcons should be more like strongman and less like weight lifting -- contestants should move weights from the same point A to the same point B -- just like they do in almost any activity in real life. This is not the same as moving weight from ground to eye.

Still, again, the top 10 athletes would still be the top 10 athletes, and the top 3 athletes would probably again still be the top 3 athletes. These guys are monsters.

By Justin McCallon on July 7, 2008 5:24 PM

sam -

perhaps the cumulative THREE previous wods had some effect on the "slower" sunday wod times?

coach et al. -

awesome wod selection

kallista -

i am in awe.

By ec on July 7, 2008 5:42 PM

Justin McCallon

So you're suggesting that the CF Games shouldn't recognize the technique and skill development that these athletes have spent hours upon hours refining over the course of the past year or more and make the event a boulder carry? What's the sense in training the WOD's then? Why do CF when the event isn't CF? People would see Fran posted as the WOD and the athletes training for the games would say "F@ck that, I'm going to carry some rocks!"

By Chachi on July 7, 2008 7:39 PM

Chachi, Then let em go carry rocks. Still a purty good workout non the less.

And you know why you should do CF - so you can pick up bigger rocks!

The whole concept and games were fun and cool to see unfold. Its organic and that is what I love about it.

By tucker on July 7, 2008 8:06 PM

First, let me again reiterate that a lot of this is theoretical BS. I don't want these discussions to undermine the PHENOMENAL performances over the weekend. I think we can all admire what these athletes were able to do.

That said ...
No, it is my opinion that these events should not have as little as possible to do with specific-skill development, or necessarily be based at all on the WODs.

CrossFit spent numerous pages talking about "Fitness," defining it, having arguments about which athletes are the most fit, etc. Additionally, I think the central premise behind CrossFit is to develop athletes with the highest levels of fitness.

I think it's appropriate, then, to test this as best as possible. I don't think the comps should be about who can put up the best CrossFit WOD times, but rather about who is the most fit athlete. I'd love to see us continue to grow and see some NFL players, some decathletes, some gymnasts, etc try to compete in our events.

In regards to Strongman comps -- I'm not suggesting using their weights. I'm just suggesting that most of their events (think Atlas Stones, Farmer's Walks, Fatal Fingers, etc) involve all the athletes moving weights the exact same distance. This evens things out between taller/shorter athletes...

By Justin McCallon on July 7, 2008 8:11 PM

Kalista was amazing. There was not a dry eye within 20 feet of her as she finished the final event.

No exaggeration, her judge, Jolie, myself and many others had tears in our eyes as Kalista ripped out the final 5 reps. It was INSANE!

Nothing but love for Kalista!

By sevan on July 7, 2008 10:12 PM

GREAT weekend to all of the competitors. What a group to be around, it was great meeting and competing with all of you. I finished in the top 50 and will improve to top 20 or better next year.

Kallista that was phenomenal, you are an inspiration and your dad is a great man, spoke with him for a few minutes.

Khallipas f------ awesome job bro. Massive, just massive. Nice to see a guy like me WIN!!!

And to my dawg Omar "Bionic" Torres for placing 11th in his first games. PROPS!!!

By Lance on July 8, 2008 12:13 AM

Kallista was insane. a 100ibs bar falling from almost 6 feel on your shins must hurt like hell. that was a very gutsy performance. most would have folded. amazing.

to those who think 30 clean and jerks is not metcon. oh boy. try it. even with 155. my heartrate was goign through the roof. yes, it's easier for me to c+j 155 (i weight 230) than for someone who weights 180 and i did "thruster" technique too but hey i should be rewarded for working on my strength. whenever i slack off on my front squat and press (remember how hard we work those?) my metcon c+j suffer after rep 10 or so. when i am front squatting 300, my metcon c+j times are much better.

an event needn't be long to be tough. try the 1 mile race. the 2k rowing test. a 200 meter swim. yes, there are longer events like 5k runs and the like but a lot of tough competitions require you to go all out for 2-6 minutes.

By al on July 8, 2008 2:54 AM

What an amaizing experience that was. A grueling three WOD day and and exciting weekend overall. I finally got to meet all who i read about and watched on the site. And not only did i meet them but i competed with all of them, AWESOME. There are too many names for me to say "good work" to, but in all reality everyone did awesome. Just participating in the Games alone i think its an accomplishment. Placing 11th out of 200 in my first Games, man i'll take that any day. Tomorrow i'll start preparing for 2009. Good Job to All!!!!!

By Bionic on July 8, 2008 5:39 AM

What an amazing experience!!! I did suck this past weekend everything went wrong for me, but that's ok, it will make me train harder for next year!!! Thanks coach Glassman for starting Crossfit, it is because of your vision that all of us had the chance to get together and work the hardest we ever did!!!!
Bionic you are incredible!!
Props to Kallista, hands down pound per pound she is the overall winner of the Crossfit games.... you are my hero girl what an amazing athlete!

By Adriana on July 8, 2008 7:13 AM


The song is "More than on point" by DJ Topcat (House of Pain vs Boston)


By po on July 8, 2008 10:56 AM

I disagree. I don't think that would even things out at all. Maybe a farmers walk wouldn't leave the shorter/taller guys at a disadvantage, but it would certainly leave a lighter guy like Speal at a disadvantage next to a guy like Max Mormont or John Welbourne. And what does that prove anyway? That they're really good at carrying big heavy things? There will be inequalities to any aspect of a competition of this nature, so it's no use trying to carefully calculate what is the most "fair" to everybody. Throw some workouts in the hopper and see what happens.

By Chachi on July 8, 2008 8:12 PM

I don't know if this is the place to leave this commment but I just saw video proof that I did not complete the final WOD on Sunday. Somewhere around my 11th rep my coach for the event told me I was at #14 and I asked him if he was sure and he said he was positive so I believed him but it's been gnawing at my mind ever since. I watched a video of me today clearly only completing 27 reps and I feel terrible about it. I don't blame my coach, it was a crazy environment to be in and they are volunteers. After alls been said and done I would imagine I would have taken about 30 more seconds to complete the last 3 reps which would put me in about 23rd place or so in the final standings. Hopefully this gets information gets to the right people.

By gaucoin on July 9, 2008 7:42 PM